Can I use this in my car to run my laptop and LCD monitor? Im still a bit unsure on which to buy. I actually have one of these and I want to see if you guys think this would be a good idea to wire up to my car battery. I dont care about the auto startup for my laptop and monitor. I would rather control it myself so this way I wont have to run it for short trips to and from stores. Here's some pics of my current project.
400 Watt Power Inverter - POWERS UP TO 3.6 AMPS
Model Number: VEC1024
Converts 12 Volt DC To 110/120 Volt AC Household Power
Soft Start Technology (SST) - Gradually and safely ramps up the output voltage to start difficult motorized loads and protects sensative appliance circuits.
Automatic Reset - Restarts automaticaly if the inverter shuts down.
Turbo Cooling - Extends life of the inverter by keeper components cooler.
Dual AC Outlets
LED power and fault indicators
Heavy-duty cable clamps for high output direct battery connections
Plugs into vehicle accessory outlet
12V DC Power cord for lower wattage use
Maximum Efficiency: Approx. 90%
No Load Current Draw: 0.4 Amps
Input Voltage Range: 10.5 - 15.5 VDC
Under Voltage ShutDown: 10.0 Volts
Low Voltage Alarms Activation: 10.6 Volts
Wave Form: Filtered Modified Sine Wave
Internal Fuse: 25 Amp
Maximum Continuous Power: 400 Watts
Surge Capacity: 800 Watts
Dimensions: 4.75"L x 1.75"W x 6"H
Weight: 2.25 lbs.
For the monitor I could just run it direct to the cigarette lighter but even when I turn off the car, the monitor is still powered! Im thinking of installing a switch to control it if I go this route!
This is pretty much the function of what im looking for! Monitor/Laptop: Manual turn-on/turn-off
Well inverters can cause many problems, if you search around you can get an idea of some of them.
In general they just aren't very efficient because they are converting a dc signal to ac, and then the regular power supply converts ac back to dc.
the "car" power supplies convert dc-dc, and are therefore much more efficient